Vim & Vigor - Summer 2017 - North Mississippi - 54
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Lost 100 pounds
Thomas Greenhill's weight caused
him to battle high blood pressure, prediabetes, neuropathy and
chronic abdominal hernias. He had
two previous hernia repair surgeries and needed a third. "Because
of my size, the surgeon didn't feel
comfortable fixing it again because
he felt it would not hold," he says.
Aside from the health concerns,
he was always exhausted. "I had
joint pains, and it was difficult
for me to get around," says
"I'm not taking any of the medications I was previously on," he
says since having surgery. "I lost
the weight, and my hernia has
Greenhill, who works out
regularly at the NMMC Wellness
Center, says he has much more
energy than he did 20 years ago. "I
can do things with my family and
not have to take a break," he adds.
What he tells others: "Do the
research and understand surgery
is only one of three tools-the
other two being proper eating and
exercise. It all works together."
Lost 72 pounds
When Keshea Mims was overweight, she slept with a CPAP
device for sleep apnea, had borderline high blood pressure and
took over-the-counter medications for GERD.
"I was very out of shape and
very tired all the time. My back
hurt constantly," says Mims,
38, who is a registered nurse. "I
had a hard time participating in
extracurricular activities with my
son. I didn't like going out much
because I was so self-conscious
about how I looked."
Since surgery, she no longer
needs her CPAP device, and her
blood pressure is back to normal.
"I am able to participate in any
extracurricular activities that I
choose," she says. "I am confident in how I look and very proud
What she tells others: "Don't
waste another minute. If you
have several comorbid conditions
that are hindering your day-to-day
activities and lifestyle, this is a
great way to resolve these issues.
My only regret was not having
the surgery sooner. Everyone's
journey is different, but I wouldn't
trade it for anything."
TAPE MEASURE PHOTO BY THINKSTOCK
Gastric bypass creates a very
small upper stomach pouch-
less than one ounce-by transecting the stomach. Because
it doesn't take much food or
liquid to fill the new, small
pouch, the person enjoys eating a lot less. In addition, food
is not absorbed as well as it
once was, contributing to rapid
gastric band surgery consists of placing a silicone band
around the upper part of the
stomach and filling it with saline.
This creates a new, smaller
stomach pouch that can hold
only a small amount of food.
Gastric band surgery is the
least invasive of the three procedures, as it does not require
stomach cutting and stapling
or gastrointestinal re-routing
to bypass normal digestion.
sleeve gastrectomy restricts
the amount of food that may be
consumed without bypassing
the stomach or a portion of the
small intestine. A portion of the
stomach is removed, and a new
stomach pouch is formed. This
procedure helps reduce the
sensation of hunger by possibly
eliminating some of the gastrointestinal hormones responsible
for the hunger pains. While the
stomach is reduced in volume,
it functions normally, so most
food items can be consumed
but in smaller portions.